550 Events is committed to providing the finest, freshest quality ingredients. We’ve worked hard to build enduring relationships with a number of trusted regional farmers, purveyors, watermen, winemakers, brewers, foragers, fromagers and true food artisans to ensure absolute quality and purity of ingredients throughout.

We believe that supporting local and sustainable independent businesses is not only good for the community, but good for our clients and our business practices.


In 2010 the Neighborhood Restaurant Group partnered with National Trust for Historic Preservation to restore the Woodlawn Planation as a working farm once again. The partnership founded the non-profit organization, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, which uses environmentally and economically sustainable growing practices. Arcadia is synonymous with the farm-to-table movement and participates in educational outreach projects with area schools and organizations. The non-profit also supplies local & fresh produce to 550 Events, District Provisions and other area restaurants as a way to raise funds for its educational projects.


Path Valley Farms is a collective of nearly 20 Amish farmers located in Path Valley, PA. For nearly 12 years now they have been providing fresh picked-to-order produce and eggs to our region’s finest restaurants. The fertilizers and pesticides they use are those that are allowed by organic standards. It is a practical approach that allows a variety of growers to participate instead of just those who can afford the certification process. The co-op welcomes the great-grandmother who supplies just a few pounds of okra per week as well as those who may harvest fifty pounds.


Tuscarora Organic Growers (TOG) took root in 1988 when a group of neighboring organic fruit and vegetable farmers discussed the possibility of joining forces in the marketing of their products. By working together, they could coordinate crop production to complement one another rather than compete. And they could enjoy economies of scale in shipping and selling. The cooperative form of business fit the farmers' needs, allowing ownership and market access to be divided fairly and decisions to be made jointly. And through cooperation, the growers were able to serve their customers better, by providing a diversity of crops and a level of service that no one grower could provide on his own. In TOG's first season, seven growers moved about 1,500 cases of produce to Washington DC retailers over a five-month period. Since then, each succesive season has brought steady growth in sales as well as diversity, season length and professionalism. In the coming season, TOG will work with over 28 member producers and 17 non-member producers to bring a projected 100,000 cases of produce from farm to city, offering locally grown, certified organic produce all 12 months of the year. Below is some basic information about our co-op.